(2007)

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38

Metascore

Based on 26 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
The reason Balls of Fury works as well as it does, aside from its low aspirations, is because of the charm of Fogler in the lead. Like Jack Black, but not as sarcastic, he brings a winning enthusiasm to the role.
63
If it's not quite the best Will Ferrell movie he never made, Balls of Fury is, at the very least, a lot funnier than it has a right to be.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
The good news is that Christopher Walken, resplendent in purple silk, isn't the film's sole redeeming element. The bad news is that even his arch-villain can't save Balls of Fury from losing bounce as the story proceeds.
50
Variety
Relentlessly silly in spoofing martial-arts movie conventions, Balls of Fury has roughly enough laughs for a first-class trailer but wheezes, gasps and finally goes flat through much of its 90 minutes.
50
Los Angeles Times
A lifeless pingpong comedy that ricochets from one flat gag to the next.
50
In the grand tradition of "Beerfest" and "Bladels of Glory," this insistently ludicrous -- and not entirely unfunny -- two-joke comedy satirizes an old Hollywood standby: the big-comeback sports movie.
50
Baltimore Sun
As disposable as aluminum cans without the promise of a cash return.
38
Balls of Fury makes "Dodgeball" look like high art. It'll be tough to crack a smile, let alone laugh, during this uninspired and sophomoric satire of sports movies.
30
Raunchier and somewhat more imaginative than “Hot Rod.”
25
Mostly unfunny, extremely silly pingpong comedy.

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